Futurama: Season 6, Episode 9

A Clockwork Origin (12 Aug. 2010)

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After a dispute with creationists, Farnsworth flees with the others to a remote, uninhabited planet. Upon releasing microrobots in a pond, non-organic life begins to evolve on the planet.

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After a dispute with creationists, Farnsworth flees with the others to a remote, uninhabited planet. Upon releasing microrobots in a pond, non-organic life begins to evolve on the planet.

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The plot for this episode was inspired by a controversial campaign led by Kirk Cameron to insert creationist materials in pamphlets on evolution at college campuses on the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday. The robotic scientist, Dr. Widnar, is an anagram of Darwin. See more »

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Professor Farnsworth dumps "microscopic nanobots" into a toxic puddle. Nanobots, by definition, are nanoscopic, not microscopic. See more »

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From a hardcore morbian - not a single chuckle. Nothing.
2 November 2010 | by (Beautiful British Columbia) – See all my reviews

If you love Futurama and wish to continue to do so, please skip this episode. In fact, skip the review below and the episode, and you might still enjoy the show (if they never do this again.)

This episode is a murdoch-ordered proselytism instructing us, the viewers, precisely how we too can, nay =must=, believe in "intelligent design" and the plausibility of a 7,000 year old earth.

The network that tells us who to vote for, who to hate and why and how much, who to vilify, who to accuse, who to brand as an enemy of the network, and requires us to believe with all our hearts and souls that the fruits of all labours of the world belongs in as few hands as possible - now brings us this unrepentantly ideological insult.

Until recently, I have had some small admiration for this network's subtlety, its sleight-of-hand behind the ideological inculcation and indoctrination of viewers using extraordinarily well-written and produced series', both live and animated. The technique was rarely heavy-handed, it just nudged viewers with functioning minds along a gentle drift into pride in ignorance, and the inevitably pursuant fringes of the right wing. Apparently now the minds behind this stuff no longer care, no longer feel any need to cajole you into a specific belief system - they're just outright dictating your beliefs to you with this sort of bald-faced tea-bagger training-video.

What made this series so wonderful was how it drew in the techie and geek demographics but included enough of an ensemble that everyone could relate somehow. To push so aggressively an ideological package which requires suspension of all reason is a grave insult to the intelligence of the viewers. I am deeply saddened. If further episodes repeat such ham-fisted propagandizing, I'm afraid that it may be the end for my favourite animated series of all time. A dark day for Groening fans and Futurama junkies. I am as certain as possible that Matt did not write a word of this episode, and that he either was not allowed any input, or refused to participate. Which is why there is not a single chortle to be had.


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